31202 – Physiotherapists



31202 – Physiotherapists
Physiotherapists assess clients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning and mobility, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in clients. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or may work in private practice.


Index of titles
Clinical physical therapist
Clinical physiotherapist
Consultant physical therapist
Consultant physiotherapist
Physical therapist
Physical therapy clinical coordinator
Physical therapy clinical specialist
Physical therapy supervisor
Physiotherapy clinical coordinator
Physiotherapy officer - Canadian armed forces
Physiotherapy supervisor
Registered physical therapist
Registered physiotherapist
Research physical therapist
Research physiotherapist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Assess clients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests and make a physiotherapy diagnosis
Establish treatment goals with patients based on diagnoses
Develop and implement physiotherapy treatment plans including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and other modalities
Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly
Provide advice on exercise and strategies to implement at home to enhance and or maintain treatment
Communicate with referring physician and other health care professionals regarding clients' problems, needs and progress
Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals
Develop and implement health promotion programs for clients, staff and the community
May conduct research in physiotherapy
Provide consulting or education services as required.


Employment requirements
A master's degree in physiotherapy and a period of supervised practical training are required.
A licence or registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
Completion of a physiotherapist competency examination is required in all provinces and territories.


Additional information
Physiotherapists may focus their practice in particular clinical areas such as neurology, oncology, rheumatology, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, burns or sports injuries or in the field of ergonomics.
Progression to management positions, such as director of physiotherapy, is possible through experience and additional training.


Director of physiotherapy (in 30010 Managers in health care)
Physical rehabilitation therapist; physiotherapy assistant (in 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)